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The Great Soap Debate

The Great Soap Debate

“In a properly seasoned cast iron pan, one that has been rubbed with oil and heated repeatedly, the oil has already broken down into a plastic-like substance that has bonded to the surface of the metal. This is what gives well-seasoned cast iron its non-stick properties, and as the material is no longer actually an oil, the surfactants in dish soap should not affect it. Go ahead and soap it up and scrub it out.” J. KENJI LÓPEZ-ALT, author of “The Food Lab”

Ask Mary: What Kind of Cooking Spray Can I Use?

Ask Mary: What Kind of Cooking Spray Can I Use?

Sandra K, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, wrote to me and said: “I’m out of Pam, but I found a can of cold pressed Olive Oil non-stick cooking spray. I cannot find my Pam, just moved and it must have been left behind. Will this Olive […]

Tasty Thin Crust Pizza made on my New Lodge Cast Iron Griddle

Tasty Thin Crust Pizza made on my New Lodge Cast Iron Griddle

I was at Home Goods the other day and happened across a lovely 10.5″ round Lodge cast iron griddle, for a bargain basement price. Of course, I snapped it up. It will come in quite handy when I am grilling out on my apartment co-op’s […]

Strawberry – Rhubarb Crumble, made in Debra’s Griswold Small Logo no. 6 Cast Iron Skillet

Strawberry – Rhubarb Crumble, made in Debra’s Griswold Small Logo no. 6 Cast Iron Skillet

I was invited to a pre-Memorial Day shindig at Jerry and Debra Abrams’ home, where we were to practice making pizzas in their new outdoor pizza oven. Being the good guest that I am, I asked what I could bring. I was told to bring […]

How to Make a Cake to the “Brenda” Standard with a Griswold Cast Iron Cake Mold

How to Make a Cake to the “Brenda” Standard with a Griswold Cast Iron Cake Mold

In my blog post about Doyle Pregler and Brenda Bernstein’s vintage cast iron cookware collection, I shared some photos of Brenda’s beautiful cakes made with cast iron molds. Accomplice Linda has tried to make a Griswold lamb cake from her vintage cast iron mold, and […]

Doyle and Brenda’s Collection, Cooking, and Brenda’s Mad Cake-Making Skills

Doyle and Brenda’s Collection, Cooking, and Brenda’s Mad Cake-Making Skills

Fellow cast iron enthusiasts Brenda Bernstein and Doyle Pregler live in New London, Minnesota, a small community about two hours northwest of the Twin Cities. They have been together 28 years, have 6 grown children between them, and 12 grandchildren ages 3 to 19. If […]

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and Twelve Handy-Dandy Tips!

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and Twelve Handy-Dandy Tips!

**Most recent update 10/10/18. We’re at 13 tips now. I keep thinking of more tips! 🙂 It’s easy to become quickly overwhelmed when you arrive at a large in-person cast iron auction. Yards and yards, tables and tables, of all of that gorgeous iron! And […]

Cleaning Iron – Quick Fixes

Cleaning Iron – Quick Fixes

CLEANING IRON—QUICK FIXES By Doris Mosier PROBLEM:     BUILT UP CRUD & GREASE SOLUTION:  LYE For one piece: You well need a plastic bag & easy off oven cleaner. Don’t get the unscented Easy off as it won’t work well.  Get the original Easy Off Oven […]


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